ADB Briefs are based on papers or notes prepared by ADB staff and their resource persons. The series is designed to provide concise, nontechnical accounts of policy issues of topical interest, with a view to facilitating informed debate.
Strengthening Predeparture Services for Labor Migrants in Tajikistan Post-COVID-19
This brief explores how Tajikistan can improve its support for migrants before they leave to work in other countries. It draws on insights from predeparture services in Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
Labor Mobility and Remittances in Asia and the Pacific during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic
This brief outlines key trends in labor mobility and remittance flows in Asia and the Pacific and discusses policy considerations.
Disability and Social Protection in Asia
This brief looks at the current state of social protection for persons with disabilities in Asia aand identifies how it can be enhanced.
Enhancing Competitiveness and Productivity of India’s Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises during Pandemic Recovery
This brief outlines the key challenges that micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in India face and provides recommendations for policy reform and institutional support.
Public Lending Schemes for SMEs in Asia and the Pacific: Lessons from the Republic of Korea and the United States
This brief draws on experiences from the Republic of Korea and the United States to provide insights on how public lending schemes can support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Impact of COVID-19 on Primary School Students in Disadvantaged Areas of Bangladesh
This brief examines the virtual learning modalities and experiences of disadvantaged primary school students in Bangladesh following school closures due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Scaling Natural Capital Investments in the Yellow River Ecological Corridor
This policy brief offers recommendations for the transition of the Yellow River basin into an ecological corridor to improve natural capital protection, ecological restoration, and sustainable agricultural practices.
Leadership and Governance of Long-Term Care Systems in Asia and the Pacific
This brief outlines key governance factors to consider for strategies and approaches that can improve long-term care (LTC) systems in Asia and the Pacific.
Nepal: Assessment of School Education Financing in a Federal System
This brief examines education financing trends in Nepal following the government’s transition to a federal system and recommends designs for future financing, operational conditions, and practices that better reflect the new system.
Leveraging Fintech for Central Asia’s Trade Financing Needs: Supporting Underserved Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises
This brief explores the wider adoption of financial technology (fintech) to narrow the trade finance gap for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in member countries of the Central Asia Regional Cooperation (CAREC).